Three lime winner of the
DeWitt Smith Jobe, national
The official publication of the South Carolina Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Volume 6, Number 2
MERITORIUS SERVICE MEDAL
In February South Carolina
Division Commander C. Earl Bar-
nett presented Mr. David Patton
with the Sons of Confederate
Veteran's Meritorious Service
The ceremony took place at
the February meeting of the Gen-
eral States Rights Gist Camp in
Jonesville, South Carolina.
Mr. Patton is a reporter for
the UNION Daily Times, a Union
County (SC) newspaper. He was
nominated for this national award
for an article, which he authored,
covering the reinterment of South
Carolina's Unknown Soldier in
The Unknown Soldier was
killed-in-action at the Battle of Ox
Hill in Chantilly, Virginia, The re-
interment ceremonies took place at
the Capitol in November 1986.
The half page article, en-
titled "Soldiers Burial, A Solemn
Occasion", featured a full page of
photographs and appeared in the
November 26, 1986 edition
In addition to writing the
story Mr. Patton made the accompa-
nying photographs as well.
The Meritorius Service
Award is presented by the national
Sons of Confederate Veterans for
an act of distinguished service to
the South or the Southern Cause.
Commander C. Earl
the SCV Meritorius
Service Medal to
Mr. David Patton,
while Camp Com-
Jonesville looks on.
took place at a
meeting of the
States Rights Gist
Div. Com. Barnett presented
the medal to Mr. Patton on behalf
of Commander-in-Chief Ralph
Green. Mr. Patton is the first South
Carolinian to receive the Merito-
rius Service Medal.
In the last edition of the
Palmetto Partisan we carried an
article about Confederate Memo-
rial Day. Since that time much of
the information and plans have
changed. The information reported
below supercedes any other com-
munications as of 29 April 1988.
The South Carolina United
Daughters of the Confederacy and
the SCV, under the direction of
Kathy Sadler, Columbia UDC
ChapterPresident, are sponsoring a
State-wide Confederate Memorial
Day, to be held at the Capitol on
Saturday, 14 May.
A parade from Elmwood
Cemetery, commencing at 10:00,
down Main St., to the Capitol will
feature approximatley 200 Confed-
erate re-enactors in historic forma-
tion with the Washington Light In-
fantry, the South Carolina State
Guard as well as other historic
military organizations. At the State
House they will be met by a large
contingent of ladies in hoop skirts.
The grounds will be decorated with
magnolias, green, gold and grey
satin, with flowers throughout.
Speeches will be made by
continued on page 6
The official, magazine of the
South Carolina Division,
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Christopher M. Sullivan
Neil J. O'Connor
Robert T. Wilkinson
The PALMETTO PARTISAN wel-
comes Letters to the Editor, Your Con-
federate Ancestor art icLes, FORUM ar-
ticles, unsolicited manuscripts and
photographs. ALL correspondence
shouLd incLude the authors name, ad-
dress and phone number, and should be
sent to the PALMETTO PARTISAN, 875
Alta»ont Rd., Greenville, SC, 29609.
Subjects for the FORUM column
should be of interest and pertinence
to the Division membership at-large.
FORUM articles must be written by a
member of the Division, and should be
no longer than 800 words. The Editor
reserves the right to edit all submis-
Articles will be retained by
the PP and cannot be returned unless
accompanied by a stamped, self-ad-
To you Sons of Confederate Veter-
ans, we will submit the vindication of
the cause for which we fought. To your
strength will be given the defense of
the Confederate soldier's good name,
the guardianship of his history.
Lieutenant General Stephen D. Lee
Confederate States Army
SAY IT WITH FLOWERS
In contemporary South Carolina the Confederate
Cause is not always properly understood and re-
spected - even by those who should know better.
Thus it becomes one of our goals to correct this.
Therfore, consider this suggestion. In most
churches it is routine to dedicate a flower ar-
rangement to some deceased ancestor. The ar-
rangemnt is placed in front of the pulpit at some
regular worship service and a notice is printed
in the bulletin.
A Sunday around May 10 would be a good time
for a Southerner to place an arrangement in mem-
ory of his Confederate ancestor. This will have
the double effect of remebering the sacrifice of
our forefathers as well as marking Confederate
Memorial Day in the minds of your fellow congre-
For Tour Information
In a recent letter about Confederate Memorial
Day it was stated that General Thomas J. Jackson
was a member of a Masonic Lodge. The Palmetto
Partisan contacted Dr. James I. Robertson (of
V.P.I.) about this question. According to Dr.
Robertson, (who has written and spoken exten-
sively on "Stonewall" Jackson) "There is no evi-
dence to support the claim that Thomas J. Jackson
was ever a Mason."
There will be four major events for the South
Carolina Division this year: national convention,
State convention, Statewide Memorial Day and lo-
cal Memorial Day. All men are encouraged to sup-
port them all.
2 The Palmetto Partisan
A Quote of Note
Gov. James B. Edwards speaking to the 16th Regiment Camp on
"The Medical University of South Carolina in the Confederate Cause".
We have rebuilt our cities and our schools, our farms and our
factories, and that tragic war seems a long time past. We must
continue to tell the story, however, of the raw courage, the scrifice,
the bravery of our people, who were willing to fight for a cause in
which they believed. If our great country, today, is to survive, we
must pass on to our progeny those values, those beliefs, those sterling
characterisitcs of our people who performed so gloriously during this
We must not let modern historians hide this exercise-in-honor
from future generations yet unborn!
from our readers
The pen is mightier than the sword
but, a typewriter is like field
Reference is made to that
portion of your January/February,
1988 issue which is a digest of news
from around the National SCV.
Alas, I cannot claim credit
for having called for each Division
to raise funds to erect a building
upon the Winstead Hill site --
although I was present when said
call was sounded. The call, I might
add, was for each Division to raise
$5,000 and not the $4,500 you
mentioned. In point of fact my
name was NEVER MENTIONED
in the two-part article in the Rebel
Yell which was authored by
MOS&B Past CIC Beau Cantrell.
You may [note from the
letterhead] that I am not, and was
not at the time of the series in the
Rebel Yell . Commander of the
Louisiana Division -- though I do
look back wistfully to that
experience from time to time.
Please continue to send me
your newsletter. As South Carolina
led the way in 1860, so she leads the
way today in her fervor for the
Edward Overton Cailleteau,
Army of the Trans-Mississippi
This is in reply to your last
newsletter which gave an account
of the Fort Sumter event in which
the Palmetto Brigade took part.
Many thanks to David
Benton and the First South
Carolina Regiment and to those in
the Palmetto brigade who worked
so hard to organize the event.
Your last paragraph details
the fact that the U.S. Park Service
took issue with holding religious
services on Park property. Such was
the case at Fort Sumter. As
Christians we are to obey the law of
the land, but our first obligation is
to obey the higher law of God.
To this Chaplain that
higher law includes Fort Sumter... .
After all, aren't we all trying to
uphold our God given heritage?
A misstatement has
appeared in your publication and
needs to be corrected. In the last
issue, in an unsigned article headed
with "Confederates Fire on Fort
Sumter" describing the activities
surrounding the Sesqui centennial
of Mount Pleasant, it was stated
that the National Park Service had
declined to allow the PALMETTO
BRIGADE to hold a religious service
at Fort Sumter. The final
paragraph quoted a Park Service
letter as stating "it was improper to
conduct a religious service on U.S.
Government property." I am in
possession of the correspondence
involved and this is not what
transpired. The National Park
Service requested permission for
future services be requested in
writing and in advance. The Park
Service did decline to allow the
Brigade to present a "Living
History" at the fort by "garrisoning
Fort Sumter for a weekend.".
Superintendent R. Brian
Varnado is a member of the Fort
Sumter Camp, and has been very
helpful with the attempts to restore
Castle Pickney which is owned by
Mr. Varnado's position is
clear and logical. The park Service
receives requests from [so called
hate groups] and others bent on
degrading or demeaning historical
sites and needs advance notice and
a permit procedure to protect the
Daniel Ravenel, Past Commander
Fort Sumter Camp
The following events tran-
spired during the month of April,
1861 - 1865.
Edited by Gene Brooks
Seige of Petersburg, 2, 1865.
Grant attacks Lee's whole
line in front of Petersburg. Soon
after Grant's final assault, the
knightly Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill, while
attempting to reach his men (and
accompanied only by an orderly) is
killed by a Federal straggler.
Charleston, 3, 1861
The second session of the
Convention of the People of South
Carolina ratifies the Confederate
Pittsburg Landing, Shiloh Tenn. 6-
Washington, D.C. 9, 1861
Confederate Peace Com-
missioners send a letter to U.S.
State Dept. declaring, justly, that
the active naval and military op-
erations are ACTS OFWAR. Mean-
while, Mr. "Malice Towards
None's" fleet sails for Charleston.
Fort Pulaski, Savannah Ga. 11,
Fort Pillow, Tenn. 11-12, 1864
Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbour
Gene Brooks is Historian of
the John Kinnard Camp.
March/April 1988 3
COLUMBIA MAY GET HQ,
NEW CHARTER FOR NEWBERRY
The Compatriots of the
Wade Hampton Camp are now in
the unique position of having a
permanent headquarters. A local
developer intends to renovate the
these will be hosted this Summer in
Columbia by the Wade Hampton
Camp this year.
pee Dee Rifles
At the February meeting
building that housed the printing Mrs. Linda Prossler presented the
facility for the Confederate Treas- Camp with a handsewn Battleflag,
ury. duplicated from an original. After
As compensation for the what Com. Willie Tisdale described
Camp's participation and assis- as a "heartfelt speech" Mrs. Prossler
tance in this project the developer was given an ovation of apprecia-
will provide them with office space tion, and Chaplain R.H. Langston
and an on-site location for Camp gave a prayer for "our new flag,
meetings and dinners. country, and heritage.".
Two Senators from the In accepting the flag Com.
Columbia area spoke at the March Tisdale quoted from J.W. Brunson,
meeting. Joe Wilson and John Commander of a reunion of the
Courson talked about efforts being South Carolina Division of the
made in the Legislature to secure United Confederate Veterans, who
the Confederate Battle Flag's pres- said, "When I look upon these em-
ent place of honor. Sen. Wilson blems of that Starry Cross, which
joined the Camp at this meeting. was our inspiration on so many
Also, the Camp is presently hard fought fields..., I confess, by a
working hard to prepare for the up- deep sorrow, that that banner is no
coming General Convention of the more. But, there is a treasure house
SCV as well as the S.C. Division of memory about which wrapped
convention (see pp 5 & 6). Both of in the mantle of its own glory
Cross without a
stain upon its
Mike King re-
ported on plans
being made for
a field trip to
ly, the Camp
at the Florence
flea market, and
Con. Willie Tisdale of the Pee Dee Rifles accepts a handsewn is looking for an
Battle Flag from Mrs. Linda Prossler while Lt. Com. Mike King appropriate site
for the Florence
4 The Palmetto Partisan
Capt. Jack Marlar of the
Palmetto Light artillery pre-
sented a program on 19th Century
artillery. at the March meeting.
16th Regiment, South Carolina
The Camp's annual Lee/
Jackson a^ held in Janu-
ary. At this meeting the Camp
elected new officers including J.
Norris Klnion as Commander. The
Camp also voted to change its fiscal
year to 1 August to 31 July in order
to match nationals calender.
The program for this meet-
ing was Com. Chris Sullivan who let
"Lee speak for himself" by reading -
a series of letters which Gen. Lee
wrote before, during and after the
War. The recipients of the corre-
spondence ranged from family
members to Lord Palmerston,
Prime Minister of England.
Dr. Tom Evans of Athens,
Georgia addressed the Camp in
February. Dr. Evans has a Doctor-
ate in Military History and his spe-
ciality is Sherman's Cavalry in the
Atlanta Campaign. His presenta-
tion made the men and manuvering
come to life as he described the
awesome struggle for one of the
South's great cities.
M.K. Sadler spoke to the
Camp as well, as she called on
strong support for the upcoming
Memorial Day in Columbia.
March brought Sen. David
Thomas to speak to the Camp. Sen.
Thomas has announced that his
once wavering support for the Flag
has been solidified after hearing
Sen. Glenn McConnell speak of the
"cannon balls that flew over [the
building where their offices now
stand] to strike our State Capitol.",
continued on page 7
SOUTH CAROLINA DIVISION
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Columbia, South Carolina
Opening Ceremony (Host Camp)
Camp Commanders' Reports
Palmetto Partisan Editor's Report
1. National Convention
2. Consideration Division constitution.
3. Consideration of new fiscal year.
Luncheon with speaker
Election of Division officers.
This event is hosted by the
Wade Hampton Camp in Columbia.
Registration will begin at 0930 at
the resteraurant, coffee and dough-
nuts will be served.
All Compatriots are encour-
aged to attend and represent their
At the conclusion of the
convention there will be an admin-
strative school for Camp officers.
This will help those men who are
currently serving better operate
The cost of pre-registration
- which includes the convention,
luncheon and program, - will be
$10.00 if filed prior to May 23, and
Seawell's Restaurant is lo-
cated on Main St. (1924 Main St.)
just off Elmwood Ave (1-126) in
Mail to Charles Clark, 139 Village Walk, Columbia, SC, 29209, before May 23.
I have enclosed a check for $
person) made payable to the S.C.V.
March/April 1988 5
MEMORIAL DAY MEETING
continued from page 1
honored guests, including five
State Senators. Gov. Carroll
Campbell's participation is almost
certain due to the effort of Sena-
tors John Courson and Glenn
McConnell and Division Chaplain
J.J. Mahoney. The Governor will
fly in from a golf tournament in
Hilton Head to speak.
Entertainment on the
grounds will include Living His-
tory encampments by the re -en-
actors, dancing to music of the
1860's by women in period dress,
and Scottish pipers and Highland
After this grand celebra-
tion, the re-enactors will present a
continuation of the Living History
at Riverfront Park where historic
information and entertainment
will be provided until 11:00 pm.
Div. Com. Earl Barnett is
arranging media coverage of the
ceremony. Every media outlet in
the State will receive a press release
and television stations will be sent
a video promotion tape. Radio sta-
tions are being sent scripts and
"trivia Questions" relative to South-
ern History. Coverage is expected
from as far away as Belgium, Ire-
land, Britain and Canada. This
event will also be carried in Parks,
present a Joint-
Resolution to the
Week to corre-
spond with the
event, said Mrs.
6 The Palmetto Partisan
Sadler, "Is offered as as an act of
love by South Carolina's UDC and
SCV on behalf of their forefathers,
who sacrificed, fought and died in
simple patriotic duty as they were
called to protect their homes and
Convention Columbia- bound
The Wade Hampton Camp,
host of this years national conven-
tion, has announced a pre-conven-
tion offer for members of the South
As is the custom with na-
tional conventions, the host Camp
is issuing a commemorative medal.
This years medal will bear the
inscription "S.C.V. General Con-
vention, August 3-6, Columbia,
S.C." and will feature an engraving
of Gen. Wade Hampton. One of
these medals will be included in
every registration packet.
However, any Compatriot
so desiring may purchase one of
these medals in advance from the
Wade Hampton Camp for $17.00
(plus $2.00 for postage and insur-
ance). The proceeds from these
early sales will help defray the
costs of the convention.
Also, the Camp is now ac-
cepting applications for Ancestor
Memorials in the convention pro-
gram. These are a simple inscrip-
tion reading "Rembered by, " and
the name of the contributors ances-
tor. Ancestor Memorials are avail-
able with a contribution of $10.00.
Advertisements in the con-
vention program will sell for $75.00
per half page. In the past many
Camps in the host division have
purchased program advertise-
For more information con-
tact Com. Sam Padgett, 216 S.Wren-
wood Dr., Lexington, SC, 29072.
The Columbia Chapter of
the UDC dedicated a monument to
the Unknown South Carolina Sol-
dier March 20. The ceremonies took
place in the Confederate Enclosure
at Elmwood Cemetery.
Pee Dee Rifles Plan dinner
The Pee Dee Rifle's annual
Southern Heritage Dinner will be
held May 19 in Anderson at
Dinner tickets are available
for $10.00 from Al Stokes (226-3144
after 4:00). Sen. Glenn McConnell
will be the featured speaker along
with some light entertainment.
A painting of the Confeder-
ate Monument by artist Chevis
Clark will be raffled at the dinner.
Raffle tickets are offered at $3.00
each or 4 for
10 May Legal Confederate Memorial Day South Carolina
10 May 125th Anniversary of Gen, "Stonewall' 1 Jackson's death
14 May State-wide Confederate Memorial Day Columbia, SC
19 May Southern Heritage Dinner, Anderson, SC
28 May SC Division Convention, Columbia, SC
3-6 August SCV National Convention, Columbia, SC
For more information about any of the above events contact
the Palmetto Partisan.
Meeting" by Ju-
lio, is presently
on display at the
seum of Art. The
portrait of Gen-
erals Lee and
Jackson is part of
a private collec-
C. Earl Barnett
During the next several months, the SCV in
South Carolina will be activley involved in several
major projects such as Confederate Memorial Day,
S.C. Div. Convention and the national SCV Conven-
tion in Columbia.
To accomplish these events in a professional
manner we must, each of us, determine to do our
utmost to support them. Volunteers to help where ever
you can and above all show your support by your
prescence. The Wade hampton Camp has graciously
undertaken to host our Division convention, along
with hosting the National Convention two months
later. They are making great efforts toassume the high
quality of each, so let's show our strong support by
At the Confederate Memorial Day activities in
Columbia, May 14 we need a few good men!
There are several volunteer positions which
must be filled - such as men to drive vans and cars to
transfer the Real Sons and Daughters from Elmwood
to the Captiol. Supplies and equipment are required
for the ceremony and the reception. Tables, electrical
extension cords, as well as men to help erect the stages
and seating are a neceessity for this event to be a
Also, we intend to make a video documentary
of this historic event, and we need a few experienced
cameramen to do it. I am asking any one interested in
performing this duty to contact me at the following
address. We will make up specific assignments and a
duty roster for those involved.
Commander Earl Barnett
112 Hackamore Court
Simpsonville, SC 29681
CAMP NEWS continued from page 4
The Newberry Camp has been meeting
monthly to organize in that city. With a membership
of about 20 men they will reactivate the charter of the
John Kinard Camp, Number 35 as of 1 August 1988.
ANV Com. Jack Marlar displayed his collec-
tion of WBTS artillery projectiles and fuses at the
March meeting. The Camp, at this time, decided to
reactivate the old Newberry charter.
Executive Council Meets in Kentucky
The Executive Committee of the SCV met
in Louisville, Kentucky February 12 & 13, to
consider matters of business relevant to the na-
Among the matters considered were the
expulsion of John Hurley by the Washington, D.C.
Camp and the financial status of the
Confederate Veteran magazine.
Commander Eble reported on the commit-
tee considering applications for grants from the
Brooks Trust Fund. (The Brooks Trust is an estate
adminstered by the SCV which awards grants for
post doctoral medical research.) At present the
committee awards one $1,000 grant every year.
However, according to Adj.-in-Chief W.D.
McCain the Trust account has grown to
$1,174,412.31 as of 1 Jan 88. (The account was 2.5
million prior to the stock market crash.)
Com. Eble also moved to increase the
amount that could be granted by the committee
per year and also to rescind the action of a
previous Executive Council to divide the fund
and use part of it to construct a headquarters on
Winstead Hill in Franklin, Tennessee. Both
Ed. O. Cailleteau moved to increase Life
Membership dues from $150 to $250 in order to
reflect the increase in per capita tax on Camps
imposed at the last National Convention (passed).
In other actions the Council approved a
request to grant the "Morgan's Men" society the
endorsement of the SCV. This society is for the
descendants of those men who served under the
Command of John Hunt Morgan. They also di-
rected the Arkansas Div. Lt. Com. to investigate
the CSS Arkansas museum which had requested
Mr. John Hurley, who had been expelled
from the Washington, D.C. Camp last year, ap-
pealed his expulsion to the Council which deter-
mined that the Camp's action would not be
validated until Mr. Hurley had been given the
oppurtunity to appear in person. Due to a tech-
nicality he was not present at this meeting.
This meeting was hosted by the Kentucky
Division, which is Commanded by Frank Rankin.
March /April 1988 7
I ARSENAL OF TRUTH
THE FOX HOLE,
A CONFEDERATE INITIATIVE
Because Conditions in Battery
Wagner (Morris Island, south of
Charleston, S.C.) were crowded,
and in order to disperse the troops
to keep casualties to a minimum,
Brigadier General Ripley ordered
several hundred rice casks sent to
Morris Island. These were sunk in
the loose sand and were called "rat
holes," forerunners of the "fox
holes" of World War II.
The Siege of Charleston 1861-1865, by E. Milby
Burton, U.S.C. Press, Columbia, SC, 1971, page
The Memory Rolls
The Memory Rolls is a nickname
I BOOK REVIEW ■■§■■■■■■
given to four volumes of records
stored in the S.C. Department of
Archives and History. They were
solicited in the 1880s' by the state
from the memory of the veterans in
the Survivors Associations, in an
attempt to record for history,
complete company rolls. Since they
are crude lists by company, under
each regiment (Artillery, Cavalry
and Infantry), they are perfect for
acquiring a beginning list of veter-
ans by company. They are a good
compliment to the microfilm rec-
ords we are familiar with. Did you
know that a company of upcountry
Saga of Southern Seas
Anyone who loves South
Carolina's history will find J. Per-
cival Petit's editing of "South Caro-
lina and the Sea (Vol. 11)", a treas-
ure for their bookshelf. Mr. Petit,
a Compatriot of the Charleston
Camp, has chronicled our State's
history in concise paragraphs fol-
South Carolina and the Sea, Vol. II
/. Percival Petit, Editor
lowing important and interesting
No doubt, the sections most
interesting to our readership will
be those concerning our State's
early history through the Second
War For Independence; especially
to the reader with an even passing
interest in the maritime history.
Though, unfortunatley, the War
section is entitled "The Great
Rebellion", the editor can't be
faulted for the fairness in its con-
The only real problem with
this concise chronicle of our his-
tory is that it starves the reader for
more. Mr. Petit, and the committee
which assembled this volume, are
to be congratulated for a fair tell-
ing of South Carolina's history.
Reviewed by Robert B. Wilk-
inson, a Contributing Editor.
South Carolinians fought desig-
nated as Virginia Cavalry?
S.C. Governor Steven D. Miller
(1828-1830) once toasted...
"The three boxes preservative of
liberty - the jury box, the ballot box,
and the cartridge box.*
Random Recollections of a Long Life 1806-1876
by Edwin J. Scott, 1884,
R.L. Bryan Co., Columbia Reprint 1969, 1980
"/ have this rule for others when
I am dead. Be always sure, you are
right, then go ahead. "
Page 119 ^
"A Time To Stand" r\
Bonanza Books, 1987, New York.
Of the 63 members of the Recon-
struction South Carolina Legisla-
ture, 50 were Negroes or mulattoes
and 13 were white. Only 22 were
literate. Nineteen were taxpayers
for a total amount of $ 146.00.
Historical Sketches of Aiken
William S. Brockington Jr. and
Judith T. VanSteenbur
The Aiken Sesquicentenial Committee
The Palmetto Partisan
Christopher M. Sullivan, Editor
875 Altamont Road
Greenville. South Carolina. 29609
PERMIT NO. 1489
ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED
8 The Palmetto Partisan